The war against women is waged routinely and globally. Equality of the most basic kind cannot exist when a woman’s life and her words are always worth less than a man’s. But in the darkness of the night, what haunts us are not broken systems but the faces of the broken girls. So, so many. All the time.
via From India and Turkey to Oxford, we live in a perpetual state of war against women | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian.
Udwin said she was “deeply saddened” by the controversy, and she urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “to deal with this unceremonious silencing of the film.” She added:
“India should be embracing this film — not blocking it with a knee jerk hysteria without even seeing it. This was an opportunity for India to continue to show the world how much has changed since this heinous crime; sadly, the FIR and the banning of the film will see India isolated in the eyes of the world. It’s a counter productive move. Whoever is behind this — please see the film and then come to a conclusion.”
via India Bans Film About Infamous 2012 Gang Rape : The Two-Way : NPR.
Aid agencies are partial, unaccountable and potentially corrupt, and they fail to meet refugees’ most pressing needs.
These are just some of the criticisms emerging from a series of new focus groups with refugees and others who receive aid across the Middle East.
Concerns included a lack of consultation about people’s needs, a failure to protect the most vulnerable, confusion over which agency was responsible for what, duplicated aid, as well as instances where help was perceived to be withheld or prioritised due to political or religious affiliation.
“When you decide to help someone you have to remove all their affiliations and simply treat them as humans,” noted one female youth leader from Palestine.
via IRIN Middle East | What refugees really think of aid agencies | Israel | Jordan | Lebanon | Syria | Aid Policy | Human Rights | Refugees/IDPs.
The `elephant in the room’ is that 10 years ago, when most of these countries elected to rely primarily on poultry vaccinations to control H5N1, there was only one HPAI H5 virus of concern; H5N1. Now we now have at least a half dozen subtypes (H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, H5N5, H5N8) and literally dozens of clades between them.
This rapid growth is likely due in no small part to the continued use of outdated, poorly matched poultry vaccines which only hid symptoms in birds, and allowed viruses to continue to circulate and reassort.
via Avian Flu Diary: Study: Recombinant H5N2 Avian Influenza Virus Strains In Vaccinated Chickens.
Like the sky I grew up with in the Mojave desert and in Baja California – too strange that we have to create such a preserve – grin
The good news is that researchers did not find any plague or typhus bacteria in the fleas they sampled. But come on, we all know it’s only a matter of time. “If these rats carry fleas that could transmit the plague to people, then the pathogen itself is the only piece missing from the transmission cycle,” says Matthew Frye, the lead author of the study.
via NYC Rats Now Carrying Same Fleas That Spread Bubonic Plague: Gothamist.
Mrs. Clinton is not the first government official — or first secretary of state — to use a personal email account on which to conduct official business.
But her exclusive use of her private email, for all of her work, appears unusual, Mr. Baron said. The use of private email accounts is supposed to be limited to emergencies, experts said, such as when an agency’s computer server is not working.
“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.
via Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules – NYTimes.com.